My Skincare Products and hair products that I use. A lot of you have asked, so here it is. Also, I’m getting my first HydraFacial tomorrow at Adolf Biecker! I’m so excited and will take you guys along for the treatment!
Read this post before you read this one to really know the history of my skin and photos of me without any make-up on (warning: there are graphic photos here of my HALO skincare laser treatment in the linked post).
A Little About Me
A woman never tells her age but I am in my 40s. I equate my good, smooth skin and not many wrinkles at all to the following: I take care of my skin: I invest in good skin care products, I stay out of the sun (meaning: I don’t lay out. I am not intentionally in the sun for a long extended period of time), I wear hats, the face masks now are actually helping me, I wear sunscreen all the time, I drink a lot of water, I eat relatively healthy and exercise on a regular basis and I try to get routine facials when I can. I do Korean face masks, mud masks and use rollers on my face. I spend a lot of time on my face and skin.
Best Advice I Can Give for Your Skin
I realize this will be a lot, especially if your skincare is limited right now. If you are in your 20s and reading this, here is my advice to you: wear sunscreen, drink lots of water to stay hydrated, don’t lay out, if you want a tan, use a self tanner, and get lots of sleep. The most important thing: wear sunscreen all the time. Everyone can do this. And if you can afford it, use a good brand to wash and cleanse your face and wash your face every morning and night. I know lots of young women just go to bed (or fall asleep) and don’t even wash their faces at night. Try to get into a good skin care routine that works for you.
Start using eye cream in your late 20s. When it comes to skincare, the earlier the better. Many people start using eye cream in their 30s; when they start noticing the first subtle crease on the outer corner of their eyes, but even before you see a wrinkle, you can start as early as your 20s. That’s because the best results come from prevention. You will thank me later.
Photo by Marla Bergh Photography
What I Use On My Face: My Skincare Products
Before we get into everything: please note I don’t use all of these everyday. I use them accordingly when my face feels dry or when I feel like I need them. I do, however, use something to wash my face, my moisturizer, my sunscreen and my neck and eye cream every single night.
To wash my face: I use and love this Cleansing Complex from iS Clinical and, I know what you’re going to say but I also use this bar soap, probably more often than I use the cleansing complex, from Johnson and Johnson. A lot of people don’t like bar soaps and say that they dry out your skin but I have been using this for YEARS.
My Skincare Products
Oils and Serums: I like this Squalane Vitamin C Rose Oil and this hyaluronic toning mist and this Hydra Cool Serum.
Moisturizer: I use and love the Squalane Omega Repair Cream from Biossance. “A whipped texture moisturizer, rich in lipids and ceramides, to exceptionally hydrate, plump and smooth skin. It leaves skin radiant, improves the appearance of fine lines for a healthy-looking complexion.”
Sunscreen: I use and love the EltaMD UV Daily Facial Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 for Normal and Combination Skin. I wear sunscreen every single day. For those who don’t know this, sunscreen is still needed on cloudy days. UV rays can penetrate clouds. Unless you are completely shaded and protected from the sun, you still need sunscreen on cloudy days.
Best Kept Secret: Eye Cream
Eye Cream: for as long as I can remember, I’ve used Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Hydrating eye cream. It works for me and I love it. Do you use eye cream? I’ve been using this for probably over 10 years now. I haven’t used it but I think this one might also be good to look into, just because I like all of their other products: Biossance Squalane Marine Algae Eye Cream. They are running a current promotion where they send this along with the purchase of their Squalane Omega Repair Cream (which I just purchased again) so I will try it and let you know.
Face masks: Korean face masks, charcoal face mask from Beauty Counter, I also love this face mask from Dr. Jart.
My Skincare Products: Neck Cream and More
Neck Cream: I love this Neck & Décolletage Cream from Daniel Tresley but when the pandemic hit and their office was closed, I couldn’t get my neck cream shipped to me so I found this one online that was ok and worked. This one smells so you’ll just have to get used to it. The one from from Daniel Tresley ‘s office does not smell and I love it. All of the good neck creams I’ve found are about $90-100. During quarantine, I also purchased a cheaper neck cream that was like $20-30 but it’s not even worth mentioning in my opinion because it wasn’t good at all. If you know of a cheaper one that’s good and works, please leave a comment below.
More skin care: regular facials, chemical peels, and like I mention above I’m getting my first HydraFacial tomorrow at Adolf Biecker! I’m so excited and will take you guys along for the treatment! Have you had a HydraFacial before?
Tools: face roller; more on this in early December when Laura Kang and I talk about this. Stay tuned for information on an Instagram live that we are doing.
If you are in the Chicago area, I highly recommend checking out Daniel Tresley ‘s office for all of your skincare needs.
If you are in the Madison, Wisconsin area, I highly recommend The Silk Purse in Waunakee. I went to Sarah for all of my lash, skincare and skincare treatment needs.
No One said skincare was easy.
Hair Products I Use
As a Korean American, I have very straight hair. I’ve experimented with everything: perms, digital perms, and all different kinds of haircuts. I do color my hair, I don’t wash my hair everyday and I do feel like it’s a good idea to not tie your hair back all the time and give your hair breaks from blow drying and curling. You don’t want to put heat to your hair too much.
One huge mistake I made shortly after I got a digital perm one year, I tried to curl my hair when it was damp and proceeded to fry my hair. It took over a year for all of that to grow out. So, anyway, here are the products I use on my hair. A lot of you have asked for this and I’m not sure it’s the products I use but the texture of hair that I already have, the foods I eat and the fact that I don’t put heat to my hair often. I do believe that the foods we eat and put into our bodies affect our hair and skin. A healthy diet can help your hair stay strong and shiny!
Hair Products I Use
Shampoo: I use and love all of these products: Pureology Hydrate Shampoo , Kevin Murphy Balancing Wash and when I’ve run out of these, I will just use this shampoo from Loreal Professionnel Vitamino Color Shampoo
Conditioner: Pureology Hydrate Conditioner, or just this L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Protecting conditioner from Target.
Hope this helps! If you have a face product, or shampoo and conditioner you love, please share down below in a comment! I’ll be back with another post all about my HydraFacial!
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